Category Archives: learning

If you’re as smart as you were yesterday, then you’re falling behind.

Embrace the Suck, Find the Gold

In my region of the world, and in my adopted city, things aren’t good for many companies. It’s been a struggle for a few years.
I like to ask “What’s the opportunity in this grind?” But Brandon Webb say it better: “Embrace the Suck“, and find the gold in the muck.


Which Is More Important – Intelligence or Critical Thinking?

Recent article suggests that raw IQ may not be as important to desirable, real-world outcomes as critical thinking skills, and further goes on to imply that you can learn, practice, and improve those skills.

Also known as “why smart people make stupid decisions”.

What are your best critical thinking skills?

Execution Lessons from a High School Class

I like building stuff, and I used to be a Scout leader, so I found this article on building remote controlled cars to teach science interesting. Then I noticed there were a couple of project management guidelines buried in there too:

  • have sub-goals – quick payoff for effort that is near-term and achievable
  • tangible objects yield informed decisions
  • decide constraints (interfaces) before building (execution) begins


Questions to Jump Start Your Creativity

The Sevens, the big rugby cum costume party in Welington, is not all about rugby but just about having fun and going crazy.

Jumping for Creativity

Habits are great when then support getting routine chores that don’t require much thought done, but when they start to feel like a jail for your spirit, it’s time to challenge yourself. My friend and social media wizard Ernest has been doing just that for himself that last few years. Well, actually, he does it all the time.

Here are his thoughts provocative:

Questions to jump start your creativity

100 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter has put together a list of 100 Podcasts That Will Make You Wiser. I picked up a couple of new ones (You Are Not So Smart, TEDTalks Business, Office Hours). Great way to educate while walking the dogs….

And I’m not sure they’ll make you wiser, but maybe smarter 🙂

Learn From the Best

Surrounding yourself with the best people you can find, people who will challenge you and make you better, has always been a fast way to get to where you want. It will make you happier, more productive, and more successful in the long run. Doing the same with other entrepreneurs also works.

Learn From the Best from Inc.

Simple Criteria for Choosing a Mentor

Anybody who wants a more successful career should find an experienced and trusted adviser or three. Personally I have my own little board of directors, whom I call my “Brain Trust.” And today I’m having lunch with a former boss who is now semi-retired but still a valuable network resource.

What should you be looking for in a mentor? How do you find an experienced and trusted advisor to help you have a more successful career?

First, be clear about your own intentions and expectations. What are you hoping to get out of the relationship? Are you working on a particular behaviour or skill? Are you wanting to improve your leadership skills, get promoted, or land that big contract?

A mentor is more experienced and knowledgeable than you. A mentor is a successful model of the career you’re envisioning, but distant enough from your own job, chain-of-command, or team / department / company that they can give you an objective perspective of your situation.

Their own self-interest does not play into any advice or feedback they give you. Nor will you hold back sharing important details with him or her for fear of it affecting your career, deal, or company.

A mentor is willing to spend time with you, coach you, and introduce you into his or her network. A mentor genuinely cares about you. They may even become a friend, but not necessarily.

You should respect your mentor, and work at establishing and maintaining the relationship. You’re getting more out of it than they are. You should be willing to invest the time and effort required. Treat it like the professional commitment that it is.

Your mentor will be honest (and kind) with you, push you out of your comfort zone, and ask you the questions that might make you squirm. A mentor will help you grow. If you’re not going to take their advice, then don’t waste their time.

In the end it’s your decisions about what actions to take or not. That never changes. Just consider that what got you to where you are might not get you to where you want to go next. Commit to making the changes needed to reach your goals.

Try This

If you don’t already have one, make a list of three potential mentors including what you would hope to learn from them. They don’t necessarily need to be in your network already. How will you approach them?

A Wise Man

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”

—  Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

More than just a pretty face


The Richest Man In Asia Wants You To Know This

 In summary: relationships are important, learning is important, have a plan, be disciplined, learn to sell. Worth the (short) read:

5 Things the Richest Man in Asia Wants You to Know

Fixing Bad Bosses

Sorry for the title. You can’t actually fix bad bosses. It’s hard enough to fix oneself. It an order of magnitude harder to change the behaviour of others. But trying to fix a person in a position of authority who doesn’t want to improve? Fuggetaboutit.

Fixing Bad Bosses

Good news from Dan McCarthy however: we can still learn from those horrible bosses and get better ourselves.